Here are a couple of links to articles in the recent press that reaffirm in articulate and eloquent language much of what we already feel about libraries. The first is from the Los Angeles Times:
US Public Libraries: We Lose Them at Our Peril
The second is a response to a Fox News assertion questioning the need for libraries:
Chicago Public Library Commissioner Reacts to FOX Chicago News' Story Text of Mary A. Dempsey's Letter to the Editor
Are there points that have been missed?
Saturday, August 14, 2010
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Community Liaison Contact: Carol Van Baalen
2,700 Readers continue to Make A Splash! At Des Moines, Kent and Woodmont.
Our Friends have sponsored some great programs this month. Here are a few examples: Movies (“Avatar” and “Percy Jackson”) and video game tournaments for teens at Des Moines and Woodmont; “The Not-Its,” rock ‘n roll music for kids at Kent; Nature Vision programs about wilderness survival and water wildlife at Kent and Woodmont; Vamos a la Mer, a multicultural music program at Kent and Des Moines. Thanks to our Friends for their valuable support of library programs for kids and teens.
Library 2 Go begins this week. The Library 2 Go van visited several daycares in the Kent area on Monday, August 2, and more in the Des Moines-Woodmont area on August 3. Local staff who went out on the van reported that it was a fun and rewarding experience. Pictured here is a toddler enjoying himself on Monday’s Library2Go visit. Each month, our cluster will have the van for one week, in which to visit local family daycares. If you know of family daycares in the area that might be eligible for this service, please let us know.
Meet the Author, Amy Pennington at Woodmont Library, Monday, August 9 at 7pm. Amy will present tips and advice for creating a thrifty, sustainable and seasonal kitchen from her new book, Urban Pantry. Books will be available for purchase at this event.
Annual Used Book Sales coming in September! Save these dates:
Saturday, September 11, 10am-5pm Friends of the Des Moines Library Annual Used Book Sale
Sunday, September 12, 1-3pm
Friday, September 17, 10am-5pm Friends of the Kent Library Annual Used Book Sale
Saturday, September 18, 10am-5pm
Sunday, September 19, 1-3pm
August 4, 7pm Des Moines Friends meeting
August 19, 12 noon Kent Friends meeting
Both groups will be planning their September book sales at these meetings.
Kudos to the Des Moines/Woodmont Library Advisory Board—see below in this newsletter.
For a complete list of library programs and events at your library, please click on the following links: https://intranet.kcls.org/calendars/DESM-Aug10.pdf; https://intranet.kcls.org/calendars/KENT-Aug10.pdf;
Upcoming Dates Events and Projects
The next Planning Committee Meeting takes place on Thursday, August 19, 12pm at Burien Library.
The next Finance Committee Meeting takes place on Tuesday, August 31, 4pm at KCLS Service Center.
The next KCLS Board of Trustees Meeting takes place on, Tuesday, August 31, 5pm at KCLS Service Center.